Newsome Still Receiving Outside Interest

Even though Jonathan Newsome became the latest Cleveland Glenville athlete to issue a verbal commitment to Ohio State, that has not stopped at least one other school from continuing to recruit him. BuckeyeSports.com has the latest on Newsome's recruitment.

CLEVELAND – By issuing a verbal commitment to Ohio State in late June, Jonathan Newsome figured he would be able to solely focus on his senior season.

While that has by and large been the case for the three-star defensive end prospect from Cleveland Glenville, Newsome is also finding that the recruiting process has a way of keeping a player involved. Specifically, all it takes is one school that refuses to take no for an answer that can keep things going.

In Newsome's case, that school has been Georgia Tech.

"I'm still getting a lot of interest from Georgia Tech," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "They want me to come visit. Some 506 number called me the other day. I don't know what it was but I know it had to be some coach. That's nowhere near Ohio."

The question now is whether or not the 6-2½, 240-pound Newsome will take a trip to check out the Yellow Jackets. Although he is leaning toward not making the visit, Newsome said he can not rule it out either.

"I don't know if I was going to consider it or not because I already made a commitment and I don't want that to look bad on my part," he said. "I'll probably just keep it normal and stick with my commitment and take a visit to Ohio State and call it a day."

Rather than spend much time thinking about being recruited, Newsome is focused on trying to help the Tarblooders bring home a state championship. He and his teammates continued to take care of business against conference foe Collinwood, earning a 56-0 victory Oct. 9.

The win meant Glenville's last six foes have been outscored by a 213-12 margin. The team has not been seriously challenged since defeating perennial powerhouse Cleveland St. Ignatius by a 20-17 score in week one.

The focus now is on trying to keep the team working with its eyes focused on improving before the state playoffs begin, Newsome said.

"Sometimes it can difficult because you're so used to being superior to the other teams you've got to remind yourself – today I had to remind myself that these teams that we're playing aren't going to be the exact same teams we're going to be playing in the playoffs," he said. "Just because I make a tackle in this game that doesn't mean that that's going to happen in a game against St. Ignatius or a game against Mentor or somebody like that.

"It's all about staying focused and doing the things the coaches say to do so when you get to the playoffs you are prepared and we don't have an early exit like we always do."

Although the Buckeyes are recruiting Newsome as a defensive end, he plays a number of positions for the Tarblooders along the offensive line. Against Collinwood, he primarily lined up at center and even handled snapping the ball in shotgun formations.

Playing center is not a recent development, he said.

"I played a little bit of center last year and ever since then they'll rotate me in just in case the center goes down or they want to get a different look," Newsome said. "It's nothing new. I've played all five across the offensive line and tight end. I've got No. 55 so I can't catch anything."

One thing Newsome has caught, however, is a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes – a goal of his since he started playing high school football. That fact will make it difficult for Georgia Tech – or any other school, for that matter – to sway Newsome from his verbal commitment.

"We've all got our different ways of going about being recruited," he said. "I already made my choice. I've known where I've wanted to go since ninth grade. It was easy for me. Plus, I just wanted to be an Ohio State Buckeye."


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